For the past few issues, Abe Sapien’s story seemed to be stalling. Abe was bouncing around to different locations and there was very little intrigue built up. Thankfully, this final installment of the current arc brings a ton of intrigue to the forefront which really brings this book together with “Hellboy in Hell” and “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth”. This is definitely a standout issue.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Max Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: March 12
This series, though titled after the main protagonist Abe Sapien, has had another story with an odd panel here or there, but it never really got the spotlight until now. The resurrected Agent Vaughn and the warlock Gustav Strobl have been on long monotonous journey to the destroyed city of Seattle and have finally reached their destination. This event really explains the background of the warlock and finally begins to bridge this story line to that of the event in “Hellboy in Hell”. I never really understood how this plot line would tie into Abe Sapien but the events of this book really emphasize that there are so many stories being spider-webbed throughout Mignolaverse.
The writing is top notch. Allie seamlessly weaves the two plot lines together, having both panels and dialogue boxes mixed and matched throughout. This jumping between narratives can be complex when done incorrectly, but that is not the case here. The issue allows the story to pick up in its intensity and starts to answer so many questions. Abe’s story has been unfolding predictably from the readers stand point as we are given insight to events that Abe is unaware of, but with the additional tension that derives from the Vaughn and Strobl’s story, it sets this book above its predecessors.
Even though the writing behind this book is incredible, the art is it’s own beast. Every panel is teeming with visuals, down to the smallest details, and filled with creative colouring, whether it’s the desolate Seattle covered in alien substance or the quiet landscape of Payson. I’ve always been impressed by the talents of Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart, and this book is just another testament to their skills as artists.
This story line is really starting to tie into its two companion series. As the year rolls on I can’t wait to see just what Mignola and the gang have in store for Abe Sapien.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd